TARGETED REVISUALISATION: A METHODOLOGY FOR REMEDIATING READING AND SPELLING DISORDERS
Potter, C., McReadie, E. and Wilson, J., University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
This paper describes an instructional approach which uses Piaget's theories of mental imagery as the basis for remediating reading and spelling disorders. The approach involves five levels of remediation, and has at this stage been used with a number of children with learning difficulties, both in full-time remedial education as well as in mainstream schools in South Africa. In the paper, the authors focus on nine case studies, and will present pretest and post-test data, as well as analysis of the type of activities which have been found to be effective in working with the children. Examples of the techniques used for diagnosing and targeting individual difficulties will be provided, as well as examples of the type of work done by children at different levels in the programme. In addition, data from interviews conducted with the children on how they use mental imagery in the process of learning will also be discussed.